2012 The Root 100

Natalia Allen is an advocate and purveyor of socially responsible fashion design.

  • Influence: 110.6
  • Reach: 6.8
  • Substance: 6.5
  • Media Mentions: 13
  • Internet Mentions: 427
  • Twitter Followers: 1173
  • Natalia Allen

  • Eco-friendly designer who brings principles of sustainability to the world of high fashion.
  • Job: Designer of the Essentialist collection
  • Sector: Business
  • Twitter: @nataliaallen
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 29
  • Bio: The woman hailed as "the Conscientious Fashionista" seeks to bring principles of sustainability -- eco-friendly materials, environmentalism as a guiding principle rather than an afterthought -- front and center in the too-disposable world of modern fashion. In 2005, she launched Design Futurist, a consultancy geared to advancing sustainability in fashion for forward-thinking companies. Then Allen started her own company. The Essentialist line is made from eco-friendly fibers by robots in the United States. Allen's 2012 Spring/Summer line is, in her words, "imbued with my core philosophies of modernity, luxury, sustainability and fit elegance." She graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in 2004 as Designer of the Year, an honor she shares with fellow Parsons graduates and fashion heavyweights Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. She was tapped as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2010 and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.Visit her website and like her Facebook page.